EYE on ACADIA
Rec Reunion 2012 Creating community through connection, collaboration and celebration By Oonagh Proudfoot (’93)
he year was 1972. The Watergate scandal started, Bloody Sunday happened in Northern Ireland, the equal rights amendment was passed in the U.S., The Godfather was released, Don McLean’s American Pie hit #1 for four weeks, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck were born, and Pierre Elliot Trudeau was Prime Minister of Canada. Closer to home, the Acadia Students’ Union Building opened and Dr. Charles Huggins was installed as Chancellor of Acadia University. But to approximately 1,000 graduates of our alma mater, the most important milestone that year was the beginning of the Recreation Management program at Acadia University. A group of graduates from the program decided recently it was time to celebrate this milestone. From May 2327, 2012, Acadia University invites all graduates from the Recreation Management program back to campus for a reunion. The theme is Creating Community: Connection, Collaboration and Celebration. It all begins Wednesday, May 23 with two-and-a-half days of professional development, networking and conference-like sessions. The next two-and-a-half days will be filled with social events and entertainment.
the top! I will look forward to greeting old friends and classmates and making a whole bunch of new friends as well!” Over 40 years, the program has seen many changes, including a change in the name of the degree program. It was once called a B.A. or B.Sc. in Recreation before becoming part of its own school, the School of Recreation Management and Physical Education. The program is now called a Bachelor of Recreation Management from the School of Recreation Management and Kinesiology. The reunion will have a ‘then and now’ flavour with a focus on four decades of graduates: what it was like during their time at Acadia while celebrating and sharing successes and great stories of what they are doing now. Take David Greene (’08) for example. “Since graduating from Recreation Management in 2008, I have been fortunate enough to have traveled a large portion of our country by canoe and other forms of human-powered transportation. Graduating with a degree in Recreation Management has helped me explore and understand how communities and culture are essential in creating an identity for me and for Canada as a nation.
The Associated Alumni of Acadia University (AAAU) is thrilled by the energy and initiative of the Reunion organizers. Hugh Bray, 1st Vice President of the AAAU and proud Class of ‘75 Recreation grad says, “what else could you expect from a dynamic group of professional Recreation graduates from Acadia? They are all welltrained, world-class organizers and facilitators. The AAAU and Alumni Office staff are excited to assist in any way possible to support communications and logistics for the event.
“Recently, Adrien Rawley (B.Sc. ‘08) and I completed a 2,700 kilometre human-powered expedition from Georgian Bay, Ontario to Happy Valley/Goose Bay, Labrador via rowboat, bicycle and canoe. We traveled from Georgian Bay, Ontario to Quebec City, Quebec in a rowboat; Quebec City to Churchill Falls, Labrador on our bicycles; and finally canoed down the Churchill River of Labrador to Happy Valley. With the help of Dr. John Colton and a lot of hard work, I was fortunate enough to receive a junior guide position on an expedition rafting trip down the Tatshenshini River. This was a great highlight of my paddling career.”
“There have been some tremendous initiatives led by different alumni groups and class years over the last 18-24 months, each one showing a huge uptick in Acadia Alumni pride and engagement,” Bray says. “Summer Reunion 2011 showed us how it’s done, and the All-Decades Football Celebration at this fall’s Homecoming and the annual Gala are proof positive. Things are rocking! It will be fun to watch the Rec grads at least match the energy and vibe of the Class reunions and football events. They may just put it over
Dr. Brenda Robertson, organizing committee member, cites Spring Camp as a great piece of the BRM history. “One highlight of their Acadia experience that is always mentioned when alumni from the late 1970s and 1980s are asked is spring camp. All first-year students, in April of their Frosh year, would participate in a one-week camp held at Sherbrooke Lake camp. For many, capping off their first-year experience at camp solidified their belief that they had indeed enrolled in the perfect university program.
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